By Jim Karpen on Wed, 08/20/2014
For the first time, photos of an assembled iPhone 6 chassis have appeared online, giving a glimpse of what the forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will look like. As can be seen on MacRumors, the images purport to show the rear shell and front panel assembled, but not a working iPhone. Rumors have said the styling would have rounded edges similar to the current iPad models, and that's clearly visible in the images. They also give a good feeling for how thin the device will be. Other rumored details apparently confirmed by the images include pill-shaped volume buttons, redesigned speaker holes, a relocated power button, and an embedded Apple logo.
The same Russian website that originally posted the above-mentioned images on Instagram has also posted a microscopic analysis of the display that AppleInsider says suggests the iPhone 6 will have a 1,472 x 828 pixel display. (This compares to 1,136 x 640 for the iPhone 5s.) AppleInsider reports that this resolution is corroborated by evidence in Apple's Software Developers Kit.
Also, a rendering out of China, as posted by AppleInsider, again suggests that the iPhone 6 will have a protruding camera lens, with the protrusion estimated at .067 millimeters. The post, though, notes that this could actually be the next-generation iPod touch, which currently has a protruding camera lens. I wouldn't be surprised if we see this feature on the iPhone 6, though.
The details just keep mounting up as we approach the rumored September 9 announcement of the next iPhone.
While much appears to be known about the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, everything else is a mystery. There's still no indication of when the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone will arrive, and the evidence continues to suggest it will come later. Also, while it seems pretty definite we'll see an iWatch or other wearable device from Apple, there's little indication of when that might be. Market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who typically has pretty good inside sources, is now saying we may not see the iWatch until 2015. According to AppleInsider, Kuo has said that production issues may cause the delay, including components, system design, manufacturing, and integration between hardware and software.